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Loop 353 is a 7.875-mile (12.674 km) loop route in the U.S. state of Texas that follows a former route of U.S. Highway 81 (US 81) in San Antonio. Loop 353 follows New Laredo Highway from Interstate 35 (I-35) on the southwest side of San Antonio towards the northeast and follows Nogalitos Street before ending at another point on I-35 just southwest of Downtown San Antonio. The road is still a major arterial for the city, providing access to Kelly USA.

State Highway Loop 353 marker

State Highway Loop 353
Route information
Length7.875 mi[1] (12.674 km)
Existed1961–present
Major junctions
South end I-35 in San Antonio
  US 90 in San Antonio
North end I-10 / I-35 in San Antonio
Location
CountiesBexar
Highway system
Loop 352Loop 354

Contents

HistoryEdit

Loop 353 follows the original routing of US 81 on the southwest side of San Antonio.[1] US 81 was first designated along this stretch in 1927 and is the basis of the naming of the road Laredo Highway due to US 81 passing through Laredo southwest of San Antonio.[2] On September 19, 1961, when US 81 was rerouted onto the freeway to the east, the old segment was designated as Loop 353, but signed as Business US 81, until its decommissioning, which then became Loop 353 only, plus renaming the street New Laredo Highway.[1]

Route descriptionEdit

Loop 353 begins on the southwest side of San Antonio at I-35 just northeast of I-410 interchange. The loop heads northeast along New Laredo Highway, roughly paralleling the interstate for its entire routing. The road continues towards the northeast, intersecting Loop 13 (Military Drive). The highway is the southeast boundary and provides access to Kelly USA, the former Kelly Air Force Base. At an intersection with Zarzamora Street, the street name changes to Nogalitos Street. The highway continues to the northeast and has a junction with US 90 just prior to its northern terminus at I-10 and I-35.[3]

Junction listEdit

The entire route is in San Antonio, Bexar County.

mikmDestinationsNotes
  I-35
  Loop 13 (Military Drive)
  US 90
   I-10 / I-35
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Loop No. 353". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 81". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  3. ^ Google (2008-02-22). "overview map of Loop 353" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2008-02-22.